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BYU Earns Second WCC Softball Weekly Honors Sweep

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Brigham Young’s Ashley Thompson and McKenna Bull have swept the West Coast Conference Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks, the conference office announced Monday.

Thompson and Bull also won their respective awards in Week 11 on April 25 after leading the Cougars that weekend to a 4-0 sweep. The honor is the second this season for Thompson and the sixth for Bull.

Over four games played, Thompson hit .571, going 8-for-14 with 10 RBI and seven runs scored. She hit three home runs, a triple and a double for five of her eight hits. She also stole base twice and had a perfect fielding percentage from first base. Her six RBI and six hits in the series against Santa Clara at home led BYU to a sweep over the three games, including two run-rule wins. When it was tied 3-3 in the opening game, she hit a home run to give the Cougars the 4-3 lead and the win. In the second game of the doubleheader, she had five RBI on three hits. On Saturday, she went 2-for-3 with three runs to close out the weekend.

It was another record-breaking week for McKenna Bull in the circle for BYU. In the first game against Santa Clara, she threw 12 strikeouts to break the BYU single-season strikeout record, surpassing her own 2015 record of 256. Her 2016 season total is now up to 266. In the final game against the Broncos, she led the Cougars from the circle with seven strikeouts. Bull notched two wins against Santa Clara to help keep her team in first place in the WCC. Over the week, Bull totaled 19 strikeouts with a 4.31 ERA and seven walks.

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2016 West Coast Conference Player of the Week
Week 1 (2/15) – Tatum Schultz, 2B, San Diego
Week 2 (2/22) – Rachel Sellers, C, Pacific
Week 3 (2/29) – Olivia Sandusky, OF, San Diego
Week 4 (3/7) – Rachel Sellers, C, Pacific
Week 5 (3/14) – Nicole Zapotoczny, INF, Pacific
Week 6 (3/21) – Alicia Brown, 3B, Loyola Marymount
Week 7 (3/28) – Taylor Spence, OF, San Diego
Week 8 (4/4) – Rachel Sellers, C, Pacific
Week 9 (4/11) – Amanda Dirks, OF, Loyola Marymount
Week 10 (4/18) – Mary Grabowski, C, San Diego
Week 11 (4/25) – Ashley Thompson, 1B, BYU
Week 12 (5/2) – Lauren Bell, SS, BYU
Week 13 (5/9) – Ashley Thompson, 1B, BYU 

2016 West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week
Week 1 (2/15) – Cassidy Gustafson, Pacific
Week 2 (2/22) – McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 3 (2/29) – McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 4 (3/7) – McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 5 (3/14) – Marissa Young, Pacific
Week 6 (3/21) – McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 7 (3/28) – Lujane Mussadi, Saint Mary’s
Week 8 (4/4) – Marissa Young, Pacific
Week 9 (4/11) – Katie Moss, Saint Mary’s
Week 10 (4/18) – Lujane Mussadi, Saint Mary’s
Week 11 (4/25) – McKenna Bull, BYU
Week 12 (5/2) – Megan Sabbatini, San Diego
Week 13 (5/9) – McKenna Bull, BYU